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Find Me by Laura van den Berg

Find Me

Book Info

Title: Find Me
Author: Laura van den Berg
Published: February 17, 2015
Pages: 280
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publisher’s Website: link
Rating: ★★★

Review

A strange sickness is sweeping the country that causes people to lose their memory. The cause is unknown and any sort of cure or preventative measure is even further out of reach. But some people, like Joy, are immune. Not having much else in her life, Joy agrees to take residence in a Kansas hospital for the immune, where it’s clear some sort of study is happening. There are treatments, rules, and a number of mysterious things going on inside the hospital walls. Some patients become restless and start talking about escaping–could Joy do that? If she left, where would she go? There’s her birth mother, whom she’s always wanted to meet. Perhaps she could track her down and find the one person who can and should love her no matter what. But no journey is easy–and even less so when the country is being ravaged by an epidemic.

Gritty. Entertaining. Thought-provoking. These are all words I would certainly use to describe this book. There are some great philosophical questions raised here though a very well-written and developed story. What makes us who we are? What defines humanity? What is ethical when it comes to medical treatment, and when is it appropriate to set those ethics aside for what is perceived to be the best interest of the patient or the broader population? Do all social experiments wind up going terribly wrong? Even with these questions on the forefront, there’s nothing preachy–the author doesn’t dictate the answers, rather she gives us scenarios to consider as we, the readers, make up our own minds.

Title: One Man Guy
Author: Michael Barakiva
Publication Date: May 27, 2014

Rating: ★ ★ ★  
Review: 
I’m not really sure where to begin with this book except to say: I loved it. Over the course of a single summer, Alek Khederian has his eyes opened and starts to find himself, in part thanks to Ethan, a slightly older boy whose reputation precedes him.

The writing is incredible. The story flows quite well and I found this to be a rather easy read. And it’s a coming-of-age tale that I think many people can relate to, everyone in their own way.

I really don’t know what more I can say without gushing on details and spoiling the story. But if you’re someone who enjoys young adult, romance, m/m, or just good books in general, I suggest picking this one up. It’s hard to believe this is Michael Barakiva’s first book – I certainly look forward to more!

(eGalley provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)